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  • Caton-Brown (2), Mataitonga, Solomona,
    Goals: Drinkwater (3),
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  • Taia, Duport, Barthau, Pelissier, Oldfield,
    Goals: Bosc (4),
  • Super League
  • 17th Apr 2014
  • KO 20:00
  • Att: 1,002

Super League: Catalan Dragons hold on for win at London Broncos

Last updated: 17th April 2014  

THOMAS BOSC CATALAN DRAGONS RUGBY LEAGUE

Thomas Bosc: kicked four goals for Catalan Dragons

William Barthau France Rugby League

William Barthau: scored one try and created another for Catalan Dragons

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William Barthau inspired Catalan Dragons to a 28-22 win against London Broncos, who have now lost all nine of their Super League games this season.

Barthau scored one try, created another and provided guile throughout as the French side held off a late rally, having been 28-4 ahead with just 12 minutes to play.

The Dragons were soon in their stride, winger Michael Oldfield darting in at the corner after Morgan Escare had twisted the Broncos defence inside and out on eight minutes.

The Londoners were showing plenty of grit, but a combination of handling errors and solid Catalan defence were keeping them at bay, Mason Caton-Brown being bundled into touch inches from the Dragons' line by a posse of French players four minutes later.

Pressure

The Broncos were proving pretty solid in defence themselves, but were being pinned back by waves of Catalan pressure, conceding a series of goal-line drop-outs in the process.

That pressure finally counted though on 27 minutes, Zeb Taia muscling his way over from close range after Escare had wriggled free, Thomas Bosc again converting for a 12-0 advantage.

Minutes later the visitors added their third score, Barthau romping through a huge gap in the London defence to touch down at the posts.

The men from the capital finally got on the board as the opening half came to a close, Caton-Brown surging over after good work from James Cunningham.

London who came out brighter after the break, but despite spending the first five minutes camped in the Dragons half, they were unable to add a second score.

Having weathered that storm, the Catalans showed how it should be done on 48 minutes, seemingly sealing the points when Eloi Pelissier stormed over from dummy-half.

Attacking

To their credit the Broncos did keep on pushing, but their attacking efforts were showing precious little in the way of creativity or guile, Atelea Vea spilling the ball close to the line on one foray forward.

In truth though the Dragons were still bossing the contest, Jeff Lima having a try chalked off for a forward pass when he cantered over on the hour mark.

But a fifth try did come on 65 minutes, Vincent Duport brushing off a host of would-be tacklers to squeeze in at the corner.

London did flicker into life once more after that, Caton-Brown showing great pace to sear home from half way on 68 minutes, with Nesi Mataitonga adding a further Broncos try four minutes later after the Dragons fumbled a Ben Farrar grubber.

In a frantic finale there was still time for a fourth London score as Denny Solomona crossed in the corner - but it proved mere consolation.

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Super League Table - July 25 2014
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1 St Helens 22 34
2 Leeds Rhinos 22 32
3 Wigan Warriors 21 30
4 Castleford Tigers 22 30
5 Warrington Wolves 21 28
6 Huddersfield Giants 21 26
7 Catalan Dragons 21 23
8 Widnes Vikings 22 21
9 Hull K R 21 18
10 Salford Red Devils 22 17
11 Wakefield Wildcats 21 17
12 Hull FC 22 16
13 Bradford Bulls * 21 2
14 London Broncos 21 0
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